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[dih-fleyt] /dɪˈfleɪt/
verb (used with object), deflated, deflating.
to release the air or gas from (something inflated, as a balloon):
They deflated the tires slightly to allow the truck to drive under the overpass.
to depress or reduce (a person or a person's ego, hopes, spirits, etc.); puncture; dash:
Her rebuff thoroughly deflated me.
to reduce (currency, prices, etc.) from an inflated condition; to affect with deflation.
verb (used without object), deflated, deflating.
to become deflated.
Origin of deflate
1890-95; < Latin dēflātus blown off, away (past participle of dēflāre), equivalent to dē- de- + fl(āre) to blow + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
deflator, noun
self-deflated, adjective Unabridged
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  • On returning from the falls, a deflated tire prolonged our stay, encouraging acquaintance with the hotel people.

    In Unfamiliar England Thomas Dowler Murphy
  • As has been said, Joe deflated his lungs just before he took his dive.

  • She was sorry for him; it was worse for him to have this deflated love than for herself, who could never be properly mated.

    Sons and Lovers David Herbert Lawrence
  • The skins on which we had floated so far were deflated and the kalekjis would return with them to Diarbekr by land on donkey back.

  • With a little cry, he ran toward the chest, moving awkwardly in the loose, deflated fabric of the Osprey suit.

    Salvage in Space John Stewart Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for deflated


to collapse or cause to collapse through the release of gas
(transitive) to take away the self-esteem or conceit from
(economics) to cause deflation of (an economy, the money supply, etc)
Derived Forms
deflator, noun
Word Origin
C19: from de- + (in)flate
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Word Origin and History for deflated



1891, in reference to balloons, coinage based on inflate. Latin deflare meant "to blow away," but in the modern word the prefix is taken in the sense of "down." Related: Deflated; deflating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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